Saturday, November 29, 2003

Covington hears plea for street revisions

By Cindy Schroeder
The Cincinnati Enquirer

COVINGTON - Neighborhood leaders who are looking out for walkers' safety say more than half the traffic on some local streets should be directed elsewhere.

The North/South Traffic Task Force wants Covington officials to shift 50-60 percent of the traffic now using Scott and Greenup streets to Madison Avenue and allow two-way traffic on Scott and Greenup.

Reducing the traffic in Austinburg and Wallace Woods neighborhoods would help keep pedestrians safe and enhance residents' quality of life, representatives of the 25-member task force said.

"We can't afford not to do something if we truly desire to improve conditions in two of Covington's most prominent neighborhoods,'' Bill Woodruff, vice president of the Wallace Woods Neighborhood Association, told the Covington City Commission Tuesday.

Scott Boulevard is one-way south; Greenup is one-way north.

Making Madison the main north-south route would improve property values on Scott Boulevard and Greenup Street, said Task Force Member Dennis Fangman.

Among the recommendations:

•  Re-striping Madison Avenue from Sterrett Avenue north to 12th Street to accommodate four lanes of traffic.

•  Installing "no parking'' signs along Madison Avenue from 12th Street south to 24th Street with a few exceptions.

•  Working with the Transportation Cabinet to convert 12th Street between Madison Avenue and Scott Boulevard to two-way traffic and remove parking along the north side of the street.

•  Convert Scott and Greenup, including streets that make up Ky. 17, to two-way traffic.



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